Birthday Haul 2021

So last week I celebrated my 21st birthday! I was surrounded by my amazing friends and family had a really good time celebrating. With birthdays I also love a good book and was super fortunate to receive some lovely books for my birthday.

I also started applying for ARCs again on Netgalley and was approved a couple, which is super exciting so I will also talk bit about them because they felt like birthday presents as well!

Birthday Books!

  • Title: When God Was A Rabbit
  • Author: Sarah Winman
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Contemporary YA

Plot: Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

I was given this by my friend Eve, who I have known for nearly 5 years! This is her all time favourite book and I can’t wait to dive in learn more about her through this book. I don’t read my contemporary YA novels so I am excited to try something brand new!

  • Title: White Teeth
  • Author: Zadie Smith
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Contemporary YA

Plot: At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.

This was a book given to me by my friend Tamara who I have known since we were 2 years old! I had never even considered this book before but as it’s not something I would usually pick up but I am super excited to jump in and try something new and read a book from an author I know nothing about.

Netgalley Books

  • Title: The Whistling
  • Author: Rebecca Netley
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph
  • Publishing Date: 14.10.21
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Horror

Plot: Alone in the world, Elspeth Swansome has taken the position of nanny to a family on the remote Scottish island of Skelthsea. Her charge, Mary, is a troubled child. Distracted and secretive, she hasn’t uttered a word since the sudden death of her twin, William – just days after their former nanny disappeared. With Mary defiantly silent, Elspeth turns to the islanders. But no one will speak of what happened to William. Just as no one can explain the hypnotic lullabies sung in empty corridors. Nor the strange dolls that appear in abandoned rooms. Nor the faint whistling that comes in the night . . . As winter draws in and passage to the mainland becomes impossible, Elspeth finds herself trapped. But is this house haunted by the ghosts of the past?

  • Title: Seven Down
  • Author: David Whitton
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publishing Date: 30.11.21
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Thriller

Plot: In a series of interviews, seven hotel employees — all, it turns out, sleeper agents — puzzle out the events of a botched assassination attempt. Seven ordinary hotel employees. Catering, front desk, management. Seven moles, waiting for years for a single code word, a trigger that will send them into action in a violent event that will end their dull lives as they know them. The event has failed: the action was a disaster. Each employee is being debriefed by an agent of an invisible organization. These are the transcripts of these interviews. What they reveal is not just the intricate mechanism of an international assassination, but the yearnings inside each of its pawns, the desperation and secret rage that might cause anyone of us to sign up, sell out, and take a plunge into darkness.

  • Title: All of Us Villains
  • Author: Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Publishing Date: 11.11.21
  • Series: All of Us Villains #1
  • Genre: Fantasy

Plot: After the publication of a salacious tell-all book, the remote city of Ilvernath is thrust into the spotlight. Tourists, protesters, and reporters alike flock to its spellshops and historic ruins to witness an ancient curse unfold: every generation, seven families name a champion among them to compete in a tournament to the death. The winner awards their family exclusive control over the city’s high magick supply, the most powerful resource in the world. In the past, the villainous Lowes have won nearly every tournament, and their champion is prepared to continue his family’s reign. But this year, thanks to the influence of their newfound notoriety, each of the champions has a means to win. Or better yet–a chance to rewrite their story. But this is a story that must be penned in blood.

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